New York Main Street Program

The University District Community Development Association (UDCDA) has been awarded a $326,196 New York Main Street (NYMS) grant from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to help in the revitalization of Main Street. With this funding, the UDCDA has launched the Main Street 2020 initiative.

Main Street 2020 provides funding to property owners for renovations including, but not limited to:

  • Façade renovations
  • Awnings
  • Signage
  • Lighting
  • Interior commercial and residential building upgrades
  • Streetscape enhancements.

The NYMS is a reimbursement program, meaning all project costs must be paid upfront by the property owner. After the renovation project has been completed to the outlined specifications and after supplying appropriate receipts and proof of payment, property owners will be reimbursed for 75% of project costs by the state. This means if a property owner undertakes a renovation project that costs $20,000, once complete, the owner would be eligible for a reimbursement of $15,000. Up to $50,000 is available per building with an additional $25,000 available per residential unit renovated (with a total max of $100,000).

The grant will focus on a six block area between Englewood Ave and Highgate Ave, the walkable and transit-accessible heart of the University Heights neighborhood. In the coming months, the UDCDA will begin working with local property owners to award matching funds to be used toward revitalizing the stretch of Main Street’s historic building stock.

Eligible property owners are encouraged to attend an upcoming informational session being held on Tuesday, February 11th at 9AM at the University Heights CoLab (9 W. Northrup Place).

For questions, please contact Darren Cotton, Director of Community Development & Planning at 716-832-1010×212.


The Application period is NOW OPEN! All applications must be completed by the property owner and returned to the UDCDA’s offices located at 995 Kensington Avenue by close of business on Friday, March 31st.







New York Main Street Program Handout

The UDCDA has developed a one page handout to give businesses and property owners a more comprehensive understanding of the New York Main Street (NYMS) Program. The handout follows the NYMS process from application for funding, to selecting participating property owners, construction, and reimbursement. It also provides insight on what are and are not eligible project costs.




Main Street 2020 Scoring Rubric

A selection committee composed of UDCDA staff, residents, business owners, design professionals, and other community stakeholders will score applications based on the following scoring rubric. Projects are funded based on their total score, beginning with the highest score and moving down the list until all available funding is awarded. Download the scoring rubric to get a better understanding of what makes a competitive application.